Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Below you can find a link to view our recent Pupil Premium funding reports.

What is pupil premium funding?

The pupil premium is money from the government, given to schools, to help children reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation. At St. Chad’s CofE Primary, we received an extra £1,345 for every eligible pupil in 2021-22. The money is provided for pupils who:

  • Are registered for free school meals
  • Have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
  • Are, or have been, in care
  • Have parents in the armed forces

Please note, we do not receive this funding automatically. Parents must register their child(ren).

Detailed information on the pupil premium can be found here: Pupil premium - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Free school meals and pupil premium funding

Currently, pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 all receive free school meals, paid by government funding. This provision is called Universal Infant Free School Meals or UIFSM. In addition to this, parents can apply for separate funding called ‘Free School Meals’ in any year group (Reception to Year 6) which will ensure your child receives a free school meal in subsequent school years, too (Year 3 and onwards).

If your child is eligible for ‘free school meals’ and you register them for this, St. Chad’s will receive the extra ‘pupil premium’ funding. This extra money makes a real difference to the quality of education we can offer as we use it to improve the educational provision, experiences and resources available at school.

Please note, you should still apply for ‘free school meals’ if your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2, so that we’ll receive the extra pupil premium funding.

Is my child eligible for free school meals?

You can register your child for Free School Meals, at any time, if you receive any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

Please note you are not eligible if you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit.

Does my child have to eat the free school meals?

No. Pupils who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you’re eligible but you want your child to have packed lunches, you should still register because the school will receive the funding which can support your child in other ways e.g., discounts for some educational activities.

How do I register?

Registering is really quick and easy. You only need to register once.

  1. If you live in Leeds, you can apply online at https://leeds-hbnewclaim.egovhub.net/HBNewClaim/launch and get an immediate answer. If you are eligible, your child’s school will be notified within 5 working days.
  2. If you do not live in Leeds, please complete and return the free school meals claim form available at Leeds - Apply for Free School Meals :

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

How do you use the pupil premium funding at St. Chad’s?

Our aim when deciding how to spend the Pupil Premium funding is to support pupils in achieving age-related expectations, regardless of their background. We are determined to support every child in fulfilling their potential. Leeds Council has identified some potential barriers to learning that may exist for pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium including: having a lack of self-confidence, aspiration and self-belief; being less likely to read at home; delayed language; behavioural problems; a lack of independence and resilience; parents feeling unable to support learning. We have looked at these potential barriers, as well as the needs of our specific school community, and used the funding in a way to maximise the achievement of all of our pupils.

For more information about how we use the pupil premium, please go to our website, which contains details of how the pupil premium has been spent in the past academic year and how it will be spent this year, please see the reports section at the top of this page.

If you have any problems with applying for this funding, any questions or specific concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our school office on 0113 274 7110 and ask to speak with Miss Jackie Matthews (Deputy Head of School and Inclusion Leader), who will be more than happy to help.

The information that you supply to register for Pupil Premium will be held securely and will only be used for the purpose of establishing entitlement to Pupil Premium and to contact other sources, as allowed by law, to verify your initial and continuing entitlement.

If in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, you must notify St. Chad’s CofE Primary School in writing of any changes to your financial circumstances.